Monday, February 14, 2011

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster

Normally I don't like to suggest a book that is technically out of print.  I want to be able to recommend titles that anyone can get anywhere they choose.   Today I am going to make an exception because it is a holiday.  Not only am I going to recommend an out of print title but it is also a title that more a picture book for grown ups. 
The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

The Dot & the Line: a romance in lower mathematics by Norton Juster is truly a classic story of how a silly girl meets nice boy but who would rather date a rebel.   The straight line loves the dot but she has fallen for a squiggle.   The straight line tries so hard to be more interesting to the dot that he develops  a talent for making beautiful designs, ultimately winning over the dot who realizes that squiggles are just messy. At least that is how see it.  I love the quirkiness of this book and how fun it is to read.      While I think the plot is a bit sophisticated for little children they can still learn something from it....

A perfect gift on this special day, Happy Valentines Day!

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